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June 25, 2000
I could relate to Beth Goodno's experience ("Hard Lesson in France," Letters Annex, June 11). We were in Aix-en-Provence in June 1986, and our rented VW camper van was broken into. We had the same experience with the police: The station was locked, and they wouldn't answer their phone. While I remained to guard what was left of our things, my husband tried to contact the police and met another couple whose rental car had been broken into, ransacked and their luggage stolen. Apparently this scam continues.
April 19, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
When she was 4, Doris Pilkington Garimara was uprooted from her home in western Australia and sent to a camp for "half-caste" aboriginals, where she grew up believing she had been abandoned and forgotten by her mother. Decades passed before she learned the full story - one that would not only answer painful questions about her past but help Australians understand one of the ugliest chapters in theirs. Pilkington Garimara and her mother belonged to "the stolen generations" - the estimated 100,000 children of mixed aboriginal and white ancestry who by government edict were snatched from their homes and reared in desolate settlements.
February 6, 2010 | By Amina Khan and Andrew Blankstein
Troubled actor Charlie Sheen had left his Mercedes-Benz in his open garage with the keys in it when it was stolen and later found crashed in a ravine off Mulholland Drive, police said Friday. The 2009 Mercedes four-door sedan was found badly damaged about 350 feet down from Mulholland Drive about two miles from Sheen's home in a gated community in Sherman Oaks. After an extensive search on foot and by helicopter, rescue crews did not find a driver or passengers in the vicinity of the stolen car. Los Angeles fire and police officials learned the car had been in an accident just after 4 a.m. when the Mercedes' electronic security system automatically notified them.
April 17, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that 3 million credit and debit cards may have been exposed in a pair of security breaches. The breach involving Michaels and its Aaron Brothers stores were previously reported in January by the blog Krebs on Security . However, in a press release Thursday , the company said in the wake of the disclosure that it had " retained two independent, expert security firms to conduct an extensive investigation....
September 27, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Renoir painting stolen in 1975 was recovered and three people were arrested on a tip from an art critic who had been asked to value it, Italy's police art squad said Friday. The work by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is worth about $735,000, the head of the art squad said. It was stolen from a restorer's lab in Milan, where the Milanese owners had sent it for repairs.
March 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Police have recovered a painting by Swedish writer and painter August Strindberg that was stolen from a Stockholm museum two years ago and have arrested two suspects, authorities said Friday. Police found the 19th century painting "Svartsjukans Natt," or "Jealousy's Night," during a raid of a home in a Stockholm suburb late Thursday, police spokesman Lars Alm said. The painting was stolen from Stockholm's Strindberg Museum in a daylight heist in February 2006, when three thieves removed it from the wall while distracting museum staff.
June 16, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
For the second time this year, someone has stolen actor Charlie Sheen's car and driven it off Mulholland Drive. A passerby called police at 2:53 a.m. Tuesday to report a car had been driven off a cliff in the 13300 block of Mulholland Drive, said Los Angeles Police Officer Carlos Amaya. Firefighters said they found the silver 2010 Mercedes-Benz at the foot of a cliff. What they didn't find was a driver, or a passenger. Police traced the license plate number to Sheen and then went to his home a few miles away in Sherman Oaks.
July 19, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Five paintings by U.S. pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein were stolen from a museum close to Stockholm early Friday. Thieves broke into the Aaberg Museum in Baalsta outside the Swedish capital just after 2 a.m. and stole three Lichtenstein artworks and two Warhol paintings, museum Chief Executive Carina Aaberg said. The stolen pieces have a value of about $500,000, she said.
November 22, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
After arresting two suspects earlier this week, police are still searching for more than $300,000 of jewelry stolen from a woman's luxury car last month. Newport Beach police arrested Thomas and Brandy Watts on Wednesday and charged each with possession of stolen property, based on a confidential tip. The Wattses are suspected of stealing a safe containing about $350,000 worth of jewelry from the floor of the back seat of Vonda Simon's Bentley in mid-October. Others may also have been involved, according to Newport Beach Police Sgt. Evan Sailor.
March 10, 2009 | Associated Press
Dutch police have recovered eight valuable paintings, including works by Renoir and Pissarro, 22 years after they were stolen from a gallery. Some of the paintings, which were stolen from the Noortman gallery in Maastricht in 1987, were badly damaged by being folded, the Dutch National Prosecutor's Office said. Prosecutors said police tracked down the works after an attempt was made to sell them. Two men and a woman were arrested.
March 29, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
The railroad buffs who operate Goat Hill Junction just can't seem to catch a break. Just weeks after thieves broke into the model railroad grounds and stole $9,000 in aluminum tracks and other material, vandals broke into the 40-acre Costa Mesa attraction and caused $4,000 in damage by smashing six picnic tables and prying open an irrigation box. "This is the first time we've seen wholesale destruction like that," said Hank Castignetti, spokesman...
March 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 5-month-old English bulldog reported stolen from a pet day care facility has been returned to its owners by "an anonymous male," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The dog, named Schroeder, had wandered away from its owners in San Marcos. A passerby found the dog and took it to a nearby day care facility, Dogtopia. Then, for reasons unexplained, another person came to the faciity on March 19 and claimed the dog was his. He was caught on security camera leaving with the animal.
March 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A $1,000 reward is being offered for an arrest in the case of an English bulldog stolen from a pet day care facility in northern San Diego County. A man convinced workers at Dogtopia in San Marcos that the 5-month-old dog was his, the sheriff's department said. As captured on surveillance camera, the man took the dog in his arms and disappeared. In fact, the dog, named Schroeder and purchased for $4,000, belonged to a local woman. The dog had wandered away from its home. A dog-lover found the dog and took it to Dogtopia, the sheriff's department said.
March 22, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man on a bicycle stabbed another man sitting in his car outside a business in Perris early Saturday and then drove off with the victim's vehicle, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The victim did nothing to provoke the attack, the Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Deputies spoke to witnesses and watched surveillance video of the carjacking, which occurred about 5 a.m. The victim's vehicle was later found crashed nearby, authorities said. Deputies searched the area but could not find the assailant.
March 21, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Records for nearly 56,000 San Francisco patients, some with Social Security numbers, were stored in computers stolen last month from a medical billing firm in Torrance, said San Francisco's Department of Public Health on Friday. “We are working to ensure that all patients are notified and provided with resources to help them protect their privacy,” said Barbara Garcia, San Francisco's health director. Most of the San Francisco patients whose records were stolen were uninsured and visited the city's public health offices, including San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, between August 2012 and November 2013, the department said.
March 17, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Stolen passports carried by two Iranian men to board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were used last year by two people applying for visas to work as entertainers in China, according to the head of an entertainment company. Xie Zhuoling, the head of a firm that recruits foreign performers for nightclubs and hotels, said that employment contracts had been signed in June for Christian Kozel, an Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi, an Italian, to work as dancers in Ningxia, northern China.
October 29, 1986 | Associated Press
The car of Geraldine A. Ferraro was stolen from the curb in front of her home, police said today. The car, a 1982 Oldsmobile 98, was taken between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Tuesday in the Forest Hills section of Queens. Ferraro, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984, reported the theft to police at 7:25 a.m.
April 22, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
An expert dispatched by the American Numismatic Society has identified at least 10 stolen coins among the more than 5,000 rare coins owned by Coronado heart surgeon Juan Suros XII, a police spokesman said Friday. San Diego police spokesman Dave Cohen said the 10 stolen coins were identified as of Wednesday, and the expert has discovered an undetermined number of additional stolen pieces since then. Alan Stahl, who is identified as a curator of medieval coins and of medals, was sent to San Diego this week by the society after Suros, 48, was arrested in New York City and charged with grand larceny.
March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Padres 4; White Sox 5, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a triple, raising his exhibition average to .282. Gordon also stole a base, making him nine for his ninth in nine on the spring on stolen-base attempts. Manager Don Mattingly has been highly complimentary of Gordon, an indication he could be the team's opening-day second baseman. ON THE MOUND: Closer Kenley Jansen threw another scoreless inning to maintain his 0.00 earned-run average.
March 11, 2014 | By Barbara Demick, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
BEIJING -- The passengers traveling on stolen passports on the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were Iranians who authorities believe were trying to migrate to Europe. Malaysian Police Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar on Tuesday told reporters that one of the men was Pouria Nour Mohammed Mehrdad, a 19-year-old whose mother was waiting for him in Frankfurt, Germany. She contacted authorities after the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was reported missing. “We believe he does not have any links to terrorism, and we believe he was just trying to migrate to Germany," Abu Bakar said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.
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